Pedestal Crater

Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

This VIS image is located in Amazonis Planitia. Amazonis Planitia is host to many pedestal craters, which indicate the region has had significant erosion. A pedestal crater is one where the crater and inner ejecta are above the level of the surrounding plains. Impact events alter the surface by the heat and pressure of the actual impact, and the resultant crater and ejecta are often stronger than the surrounding unaltered surface. To form a pedestal crater the surrounding plains are eroded away, isolating the crater materials to form a platform above the plain surface.

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Image ID: 
V81203012 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2020-04-04 13:48
Fri, 2020-06-05
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (67 km)
0.018423 km/pixel
0.0185386 km/pixel


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